I remember the bad old days of the 1980s, when the stages used to be packed and the crowds would taunt the cars like matadors before a bull. It was especially bad in Portugal. I’m sure more than one person lost a finger to an air intake of a speeding rally car that they tried to touch.
Honestly, I’m surprised that this sort of stuff still happens, and doubly so at the highest level of competition. The (handful of) local rallies that I have been to have organised their spectator areas on a level with the safety measures the organisers of Rally Australia took when I visited back in 2005.
Is the positioning itself the problem? I have seen people so close to the tracks many times and I thought it was custom to do so, but facing the car at least gives you the time to try and run away in case somethign happens.
These fools don’t even care about their lives, or don’t even think they are at risk, which is plain stupid. I’m always surprised and saddened by how little wisdom some people have. What to do? Call them off like kids? Probably, they should receive some sort of fine as well.
This fan is extremely stupid in two ways:
1. He is standing on the outside of the corner in the middle of the runoff area, therefore ignoring the boundaries of where the spectators are allowed to stand
2. He is running away in the same direction the car is going, junp right and there is no problem.
The driver of the car isn’t too bright either, but that is probably because of adrenaline.